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River Cruises on the Main

The longest right tributary of the majestic Rhine River, the Main River flows over 320 miles on a peaceful route through Germany.

Escorted Main River Cruises

Main River

Beginning in Upper Franconia, the Main winds a scenic course through the German states of Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Hesse, passing picturesque villages, fairy-tale castles and lively cities, before meeting the mighty Rhine River near the city of Mainz.


The Main river is formed near the eastern border of Germany, at the confluence of two streams; the Red Main, named after the large amount of clay in the river, and the White Main, named after the white granite it flows over. The river runs through much of the country of Germany, from the verdant valleys of the German Highlands to the attractive landscapes of the lowlands. Flowing through the magnificent vales, vast forests and medieval villages of the region, the Main passes through an astonishing 34 dams on its journey to meet with the Rhine.


Of all the German towns and cities that are scattered around the path of the Main river, Frankfurt is perhaps the most famous. Officially named Frankfurt am Main due to its positioning on the eponymous river, this 2000-year-old city is a major transport and financial hub, known as the "Gateway to Europe" for its central location. The vibrant city is a metropolis of modern architecture and energy, juxtaposed with a myriad of stunning old buildings and history, including the magnificent Römer, a medieval town hall in Frankfurt's Old Town that dates back to the 15th century.

Exclusive Charter River Cruise

Welcome to the online launch of our brand new charter cruises. This is an exclusive new concept, and by chartering our own vessels we have been able to craft itineraries and service specifically to our customer's. 

Because we've chartered the whole ship, the only other travellers on board will be Great Rail Journeys customers, so you know you'll be in great company for the duration of your cruise.

View Chartered Cruises below:

Five-Star Danube Cruise

Five-Star Danube Cruise (Fly & Cruise)

Imperial Cities & Five-Star Danube Cruise

Fairytale Bavaria & Five-Star Danube Cruise


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Fairytale Bavaria & Five-Star Danube Cruise

Bavaria's magnificent castles, mysterious forests and magical mountains are the backdrop to this majestic tour, uncovering many hidden gems in the historic kingdom of Bavaria. Discover fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle and ride the Bavarian Zugspitz Mountain Railway, from our base in the charming village of Fussen.

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12 days from £2,195 pp

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Five-Star Tulips Cruise

Discover the magnificent floral displays of the Keukenhof Gardens and enjoy a talk onboard ship from television personality Charlie Dimmock on this wonderfully diverse cruise on the enchanting Belgian and Dutch waterways. 

On this tour we uncover the beautiful historic cities of Amsterdam, Ghent and Antwerp as well as the Battlefields of Ypres, the spectacular Keukenhof tulips and the Hoorn-Medemblik steam train. We also enjoy a talk from army veteran and battlefields expert Colonel Piers Storie-Pugh OBE on this memorable river cruise.

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8 days from £1,395 pp

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Five-Star Rhine Cruise at Christmas

Explore the fascinating towns and stunning scenery along the Rhine on a festive rail-cruise holiday. From the comfort and luxury of the 5-star MS Amadeus Silver II, you can experience an indulgent Christmas holiday on one of Europe's most beautiful waterways.

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Other highlights along the Main include Bamberg, a charming northern Bavarian town with a fantastically preserved, UNESCO listed Altstadt (or Old Town); and the elegant city of Würzburg, home to the stunning Würzburg Residence. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site and an incredible example of 18th century Baroque architecture, the Würzburg Residence is widely considered one of the most important Baroque palaces in all of Europe.

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